Oh. If PDD goes down for a day or two it is my fault. I only renewed our domain name yesterday not knowing it can take several days to process. I thought we lived in the digital age.
See you tonight at the Saiboat Park. I think we will be showing "The Big Lebowski" complete with Caucasians (White Russians for those who have not seen the movie.)
HAVE A PERFECT DULUTH DAY!
Please join Senator Mark Dayton and Congressman Jim Oberstar in welcoming John Kerry to Minnesota. Bring your friends and family, and celebrate the Fourth of July with the next president of the United States. The speech will take place in downtown Cloquet on Avenue C, just 20 minutes from Duluth and 2 hours from the Twin Cities.
This is a ticketed event. To get your complimentary tickets please click here:
A large crowd is expected, so plan to arrive early. Don't forget to bring your ticket(s) to the event.
Friday, July 2nd
Gates open at 10:00 a.m.
Downtown Cloquet at Broadway and Avenue C
Just 20 minutes from Duluth and 2 hours from the Twin Cities.
Tickets are required for this event. To print your complimentary tickets, please visit:
Due to security, no bags, umbrellas, or outside signs will be allowed. Please limit personal items. This event will take place RAIN OR SHINE.
Because it's the centennial anniversary weekend for Cloquet, there will be shuttle buses running throughout the city. Shuttles will go to each parking lot two times an hour. Handicapped buses will be available on an on-call basis. The pickup locations are as listed and the shuttle stop location for the event is #3 Fauley Park.
Places to park and pick up the shuttle:
* Cloquet High School, 1000 18th Street
* Our Savior/Grace Baptist Church, 12th & Doddridge
* City Lot (behind Nelson's Funeral Care), 10th & Cloquet Avenue
* Southgate Bowl, 203 Doddridge Avenue
* Pine Tree Plaza (behind Super One), 707 Highway 33 South
* CARC (Pine Valley Hockey Arena), 1102 Olympic Drive
* Black Bear Hotel, 1789 Highway 210
* Amoco Truck Stop (Royal Pines/Americinn Carlton)
* Zion Lutheran Church, 1000 Washington Avenue
* Gospel Tabernacle, 1400 Washington Avenue
* Churchill Elementary, 515 Granite Street
See you there and happy Independence Day!
Minnesota for Kerry
Perfect Duluth Day celebrates the anniversary of its first post tomorrow, and we simply must get together and celebrate, dahling.
Let's choose an intimate, out-of-the-way place this time. Shall we say, the Sailboat Park on the 700 block of W. Superior Street We will bring snacks and a cake, and when it gets dark, we'll show a movie on the big cement wall. Bring your skateboard, your Frisbee and a cushion.
PDD Party | Sailboat Park | 8:30pm | Wednesday
by the beatles:
good night, blue jay way, flying, if i fell
by maria mckee:
if love is a red dress
by jim croce:
time in a bottle, i'll have to say i love you in a song
This is the first of hopefully several PDD "subdomains," which will be separate PDD pages for selected writers of merit.
Paul Lundgren has been writing "The Next Level" for around 7 years, I think, and the column has appeared in the Northland Reader and the Ripsaw; it currently appears in the Transistor Transmission.
Check back every other week for a new "Next Level" column, and to peruse the archives for that favorite column from the past.
And now, on to the subdomain: http://nextlevel.perfectduluthday.com
I received a call yesterday from a woman named Jenka who is part of the Cycle Circus. They are currently travelling around the Great Lakes and performing random acts of Music, Puppetry and Art.
From their website:
Cycle Circus collective is a group of puppeteers, circus performers, bicycle builders and educators who have joined together to create colorful community events. We travel by bicycle as a festive parade to various communities uniting people through art and theater.
By collaborating with a diversity of groups our pedal-powered tours are aimed at creating social change through performances and skill shares. As cultural workers we are inspired to engage with the communities we visit to empower each other in creatively addressing our varied and common struggles.
Most of the group arrived in town last night and the rest of the crew will be here soon. They will be performing sometime this evening in Leif Erickson Park and later tonight at 16 N. 58th Ave. West (see 3 posts back.)
They will be contacting me later today with an exact performance time for Leif Erickson.
This sounds like a Perfect PDD Field Trip!
Some Friends of mine are having a little hellaballoo and I'd like to extend the invite. If anyone hates whitey, just kidding, if anyone wants to listen to some sweet Indiana anarchist folk punk and eat vegetarian food, come on by. Take Central Ave, go left off exit, First right (Nicolet) then left on 58th. The Address is 16N 58th Ave West.
For food come early, for the Indiana band, be there by 9pm. It's gonna be dope.
As many of you know, Wednesday, June 30 is the first anniversary of Perfect Duluth Day. And so, I thought I'd spend this week sprucing things up a bit, presenting some new toys and gadgets for the PDD community.
Please welcome our new featured artist, Bridget Riversmith. And as amazing as these images are, the Web doesn't even do them justice. Keep an eye on redrabbitriversmith.com for upcoming shows, so you can see 'em up close and in person.
Welcome to Duluth-Superior FreeCycle, where one person's unwanted/unneeded items is another's treasure! The Freecycle Network is made up of individuals, non-profits & businesses across the globe who are GIVING & GETTING stuff for FREE in their own towns. Our goal is to reduce waste by connecting people who have unwanted items with others seeking the same items and have a little fun in the process. No item is too big or too small; but ALL items must be 100% free.
The primary intent of Freecycle is to reduce what is put into landfills by having people, organizations and businesses give away unneeded items rather than throw them out. Perhaps the real beauty is that it also fosters a more giving and caring attitude in our communities. We all have things in our garages, closets, attics, storerooms, offices, etc that we don't need. Freecycle lets you find someone who does need it instead of throwing it out and you can feel good about helping someone in our community. Many freecyclers both give and receive items on a regular basis.
Just think of Duluth-Superior FreeCycle as a big community wide garage sale only far cooler. It's a perfect consumer/earth friendly circle: no overhead, no money, no waste and no catch. The only requirement is that everything be absolutely FREE.
Duluth-Superior FreeCycle serves the greater Duluth-Superior area. Folks in the surrounding areas are also welcome.
Or something like that. There's a low tribute compilation in the works...no not by any label or any music industry big wigs....just fans from the low fan listserv. Humble people getting riled up about getting the EXACT guitar chords for "John Prine" or getting really miffed when I joking did an expose' on Mim's gambling addiction...well they're nice people from all over the world and now they are paying tribute to their shoe gazing heros with a little tribute collection of low covers...I thought lil ol duluth shouldn't be left out so I said...I'll do starfire!! Well not actually DO starfire but ...er..well...then I thought..why not have starfire DO starfire...That's much better and probably fun to watch in a sick contortionist kinda way so...I booked the time at the church and with ericswan and aaronifthousands help, waaalaaa
Starfire.mp3 was born...enjoy
right click on the link and "save target as" ... or just open winamp and play location http://www.empirestatehuman.co.uk/lowtribute/starfire.mp3
That's right, folks. The only blogger ever to be forcibly removed from PDD wants YOU to attend her birthday dinner. And when I say you, I mean you. You might be thinking, "Oh, surely not ME. I called her a skank."
Hacienda del Sol
319 E Superior St | 7pm | Tonight
Oh and a link to blogger.com on the pdd main page would rock the cashbar.
Fixing elections, violence and wars, goverment restrictions, massive unemployment - it's not hard to make the comparison to Bush.
On the positive side, what caused the downfall of Milosevic was Otpor - student activists who engaged the country with their non-violent tactics. Change can be made.
11:15 a.m. ET: The vehicle has touched down.
11:02 a.m. ET: Mike Melvill and his SpaceShipOne have made it into space. Everything looks good, mission official said, and the craft is now gliding back toward a landing at the Mojave Airport, where it took off earlier this morning. "I got goose bumps when I saw contrails," Greg Klerkx, author of Lost in Space: The Fall of NASA and the Dream of a New Space Age. "I never thought I'd see this moment, but here it is."
10:51 a.m. ET: SpaceShipOne has been dropped from its mothership, the White Knight. Pilot Mike Melvill fired the rockets and SpaceShipOne is now rocketing toward space. Goal: 62 miles (100 kilometers) up, where Melvill will earn his astronaut wings.
10:40 a.m. ET: The White Knight Mothership is at 32,000 feet. In about 10 minutes it will be in position to drop SpaceShipOne. "Hopes are running high," said Jeff Greason of Xcor Aerospace. "Were' looking forward to this great event."
(Photos and updates from Space.com)
Also: Go England!!
Game: Croatia 2, England 4.
Today is the day! Davey Rothbart of Found should be on his way from Winnipeg now to regale us with his Fresh Finds.
Here is the lowdown on tonight for the last time, I promise.
7pm Potluck at the MAC. The Mac is located at 22 N. 1rst Avenue West. Just up from Jitters Coffee shop. Bring something to pass and maybe a beverage. I will provide plates and utensils.
8pm Davey will start his talk. Maybe you heard him on This American Life this weekend. He is very entertaining and has a great laugh.
9pm Dog Pookah starts playing. Toxic Tuesday will debut at some point during a Dog Pookah break.
So tell your friends to come on down. Let's show Found a real great Duluth time.
*then we can go skinny-dipping.
So, see you guys around.
Chase, do you want apple juice or orange juice? "Apple Juice." (I get the apple juice). "I want orange juice." (I bring him the orange juice). "Da, you said you were bringing apple juice."
Then a piece of toast is dropped and I reach under the table to get it an he says "I want you to crawl under the table" about 5 times and starts crying when I don't.
After the phone book that he sometimes sits on falls about four times, I reposition it and he goes to sit down but notices that the dudes in suits are facing up and not the waterfall. "I don't want to sit on those guys. I want the waterfall." And then there is "I want upa" for the 24 inch jaunts from the couch to the DVD player.
So Chase's rider should he ever become a rock star might look like this:
1. Numerous fruit juices and a flexible bartender must be available at all times.
2. All personnel must be willing to stoop under tables for no apparent reason at a moments notice.
3. As appropriate and deliciously symbolic as it may seem for a man of his stature, Mr. C will not sit on any likenesses of guys in suits.
4. A computer with wireless access must be available for Mr. C at all times. Playhousedisney, pbskids, and nickjr must be bookmarked and clearly marked in the browser toolbar. His preferred OS is Macintosh.
6. Three episodes of Bob the Builder, JoJo, Stanley, and Arthur must be Tivoed and available at all times.
7. Mr. C likes his bananas to be cut and put in a "Chase bowl" with organic sprinkles on top.
8. Do NOT and I repeat do NOT leave the skin on a pear before serving it to Mr. C
9. When Mr. C commands "Back Yaaaaaaaaad" it means he must go outside immediately.
10. Under no circumstance should water be poured over Mr. C's head when he is bathing.
11. His washcloth's name is Chuck.
12. MR. C. likes stories and I mean "LOTS" of stories read to him at bedtime.
13. If Elton John's Goodbye Yellow Brick Road album is ever played in Mr. C's presence, the songs Bennie and the Jets and Harmony must be put on "repeat."
14. Naps are for suckas and please don't ever intimate that Mr. C needs a nap.
15. Whenever food is cooked in the microwave, it is Mr. C's custom to count down from ten and say "beep, beep" before the microwave's alarm sounds.
16. All assistants, roadies, and other tour personnel must be able to sketch cartoon characters and Mr. C's relatives at a moments notice.
17. If Mr. C remarks "Don't you know the crime rate's going up," this is not social commmentary. You must put on the Rolling Stones's song "shattered" from the Some Girls album immediately.
18. The "Mozart effect" is a scam to keep googly-eyed mommy entrepreneurs in the cash. Mr. C likes his music loud and fast.
19. Do NOT disrespect The Princess Bride.
20. And above all if Mr. C says "upa" you must "upa" him immediately or heads will roll.
June 21rst is coming up quick. The Duluth News Tribune wrote a nice piece on Davey Rothbart and Found. You can read it here.
Does anyone plan on coming for the PotLuck? I will be providing paper plates and utensils. Do you think I should arrange for a grill?
NEW YORK - Dave Winer, a pioneer of an online journal format known as Web logs, thought he was doing people a favor by hosting 3,000 of such blogs for free.
Missed Tech Tuesday?
So many acronyms, so little time. Take the pain out of managing your music, movies, and photos.
So he was taken aback this week when he endured a barrage of criticism for deciding to stop the free service — an episode that reveals deep passions about blogging.
Winer launched his first Web log in 1997 and began hosting other people's blogs in 2000, when he headed UserLand Software, a Web publishing company.
After UserLand dropped the service to focus on selling blogging-related tools, Winer bought some servers and offered free hosting on Weblogs.com, a site that also tracks blogs hosted elsewhere, making it an important blogging hub.
Eventually Winer, now a research fellow at Harvard University's Berkman Center for Internet and Society, found that running the free service took too much time and energy, especially because he has health problems that he declined to discuss. He closed the free blogs Sunday.
"I can't have 3,000 people who depend on me for free stuff yelling and screaming at me, saying, `I need this now,'" he said Wednesday. "I gave and I gave, and I paid a great price."
Winer says bloggers who want their archived material can have it in a few weeks. He also hopes to connect them with other volunteers who will host blogs for free.
Still, bloggers who relied on Weblogs.com were furious, saying they should have been warned about the cutoff. Their anger spread to other bloggers, too, including Elisabeth Riba of Melrose, Mass., who called Winer "an egomaniacal blowhard with his head in the clouds. So much for his vision of blogtopia."
Such slams had Winer shaking his head.
"This thing has been blown so far out of proportion," he said. "It's just unbelievable to me."
Morning... Bus stop... Weather: good...
- Man, do I look sharp in these new shades.
- Where's the lady in the aerobics outfit?
- I bet me and Maynard Keenan would be great friends.
- I wonder if the new Star Wars figures are in yet.
- Oh, here's the bus, gotta put my pipe out.
Morning... On the bus...
- Cub Foods? More like Chump Foods!! Chumps.
- Our carts are way better than Shopko's.
- It would be so cool if Petco sold scorpions.
- I bet Toys R Us has the action figures.
- Mmmm. Hardee's giant bowl of meat and eggs sounds good about now.
- We should all go to Perkins on Friday and plan for our next quest.
- I wonder if Gamestop has looked at my job application... I have a Mac, a PC, and X-Box... what else... a Nintendo 64...
- K-mart? More like Krap Mart!! They suck.
- If I got that job at Best Buy I could still catch the same bus and totally trick out my PC.
- Damn right I want to Biggie Size those fries.
- Hey, if anyone needs me I'll be outside. Smoking. Smoking my pipe. If anyone needs me.
- Aw, c'mon Mom, I told you not to call me at work.
- Totally asked Amanda if, y'know, if she wanted to hang out.
- Dammit Todd, if you don't get those #1 camel hair brushes back to me I'll never be able to finish painting Grinklor the Draven Mage in time for this weekend... ass.
Early evening... On the bus... going home:
- I wonder if Todd's older brother's still got that half bottle of whiskey.
- I wonder how much Mountain Dew I've got left. Dew.
- Krap Mart. Ha.
- I can't wait to get off the bus so I can light my pipe.
Instead of "endless summer"....cause gawd knows, it's gonna end (if it hasn't already).. I propose this is WIRELESS SUMMER!!! I'm posting from the brewhouse now (thanks tim and rod) and then I'll go down to the c-anal park and check my ebay accnt. oooo I cant wait to play city of heros from amazing grace....go go wireless!!! let's have a wired duluth party where we all post and stream from different parts of town....
BTW I used the terraserver to get the sat image of duluth...where were you on 17 May 1991?
Well, that's it. The end of my son's childhood has officially started.
Today while he was having an ice cream in the park cafe one of his teeth fell out, his eighth one. He gave it to me for safe keeping so he could leave it under his pillow for the tooth fairy tonight.
I was putting him to bed and put the tooth on his bedside table. He said he had to make an envelope for his tooth otherwise the tooth fairy wouldn't be able to find it. So we folded up some paper, put the tooth in it and he put it under his pillow. I said my 'goodnights' and 'I love yous' and 'Goodnight. See you in the mornings.'... then as I was closing the door he said, 'Mum...'
Me: 'Yes (slightly exasperated because he does the delaying thing *every* night)'
Him: 'Just admit it.'
Me: 'Admit what?'
Him: 'You put the money under my pillow, don't you?'
Me: 'When? (play dumb, always works with men)
Him: 'Just admit it! You put the money under my pillow.'
Me: 'Instead of the tooth fairy?'
Him: 'Yes. You do it, right?'
Me: (delaying) 'Who told you that?'
Him: 'No one. I just thought about it. Fairies aren't real, are they?'
Me: 'Well, no.'
Him: 'So it must be you. Admit it.'
Him: 'Admit it. I won't be mad.'
Me: 'Well, OK. Yea. It was me.'
Him: 'Was it?!'
Him: 'Every time?'
Me: 'Yea. Except the times when you were at dad's and granny and grandpa's.'
Him: 'Really??!! (smiling)'
Him: 'That's so funny! (laughing)'
Me: 'But you can't tell anyone else. You're in the "Adult Club" now. You've got to keep the secret.'
Him: 'Well Conrad doesn't believe in fairies so I can tell him, right?'
Me: 'Well... you need to find out if he believes in the tooth fairy though first. You've got to keep the secret. You're in the Club now.'
Me: 'Let me show you something.'
I took a little box down from the top shelf of the bookshelves.
Me: 'Look. I saved all your teeth.'
Him: 'Really?! (laughing) You're mad.'
Me: 'I think they're lovely.'
Him: 'Why do you waste your money like that?'
Me: 'By giving it to you? Well, it's not a waste. I like it. And so do you, right?'
Me: 'OK, darling, it's bedtime. I'll see you in the morning, new Club member.'
Him: 'OK. Nite.'
I go to close the door.
Him: 'Can you give me the money now then, please? I can't wait til morning.'
In his capacity as grand instigator and supreme leader of the Los Angeles Cacophony Society, "Reverend Al" Ridenour was famed for his practical jokes. His presence at the Los Angeles Marathon, however, was not universally appreciated.
Having unfurled a "Just Quit" banner at the 22-mile mark of the 26.2 mile course, the merry pranksters proceeded to entice tired runners to join the dark side with offers of doughnuts, beer, cigarettes and beef jerky.
anyways, bloggerati, poopers, nerds...whatever, will their be a big cyber birthday party? i plan to flood the site on the anniversary with naked pictures of myself jumping out of a big computer shaped cake-WATCH OUT!!
Then The Friend told them that he could make farts with his armpit, which caused amazement and disbelief. He tried it, but nothing happened. He blamed the shirt he was wearing.
I had been listening quietly to all this, and couldn't resist. I walked into the kitchen with my right hand firmly in my left armpit, and my left arm flapping. Their eyes got huge and The Friend said "Wow, my brother can't even do it that good!"